Huawei is reportedly developing its very own mobile operating system.
It's early days yet, according to sources who spoke with The Information. They say that the OS "isn't far along."
What seems more pressing is a redesign of Huawei's Emotion UI, which currently sits atop the Android OS. Huawei has hired Apple designer Abigail Brody who is being tasked with changing the look of the skin. It is suggested that the redesign could add an app drawer, redesign the icons, and implement a new, "very clean, fresh" colour palette.
Huawei has a track record of independence. It currently manufactures its own Kirin chips, which powers many of its handsets, rather than relying on an outside manufacturer. It isn't all that surprising that it would like to reduce its reliance on Android OS by striking out on its own.
Huawei's VP of International Media Affairs, Joe Kelly, has responded to these reports by saying that Huawei will continue to use Android OS. "Google’s Android OS and ecosystem have greatly boosted the development of smart devices and benefited consumers. As long as Android remains open, Huawei will continue using the Android OS and ecosystem. Based on this, we will continue to optimize the performance and interfaces of the system, such as our EMUI, to better meet the demands of consumers across the globe," he said.
We should see more about the Emotion UI redesign in September, while the Huawei OS could be a little further off if it happens at all.